CapeNature embraces the spirit of giving this holiday
In the spirit of the festive season, the CapeNature People and Conservation Programme in partnership with the Youth Environmental Service Programme (YES) put smiles on the faces of the less fortunate and elderly by spending time at the Unakho Children’s Home Care and Sizamile Independent Old Age Home in Langa, an informal settlement in Cape Town.
Children, elderly members and staff members at the respective havens were left overjoyed after receiving toys, clothes, non-perishable food items and toiletries as part of donations from CapeNature staff.
The non-government havens, whom depend on community assistance, accommodates vulnerable senior citizens and children from Gugulethu and surrounding areas. The children’s haven, based in Gugulethu, received a makeover with CapeNature staff refurbishing and painting the building, followed by the elderly and children being treated to a light lunch.
“The aim is to look after children from disadvantaged backgrounds and to aid those who have been orphaned or neglected. Children as young as one-day old often arrive at the haven”, said Unakho Children’s Home founder, Reverend Julius Bonani.
Adding that the name “Unakho” stands for “God can heal this child”.
“The name Unakho came about through a boy named Xolani. He was three months when he was brought to us by social workers. He was very ill and we discovered he had Tuberculosis (TB). My wife spent 18 months with him in hospital but she said to me “God is going to heal this child,” and he did!”
Xolani is now a big boy and in grade 6 at school. “We’re looking forward to seeing him in High school,” he adds.
Established in 1983, the Sizamile Independent Old Age Home currently provides shelter to 24 elders between the ages of 60 to 85 years old. Many of the elders have been abandoned by their families.
“We are very thankful and value the contributions from CapeNature and their People and Conservation ‘YES’ programme. To us it is a big gift, one we will never forget.” concluded Reverend Bonani.
He added that for Christmas, his only wish was to see the kids in the haven happy and that in the long-run he would like to see them all grow up and attend University.
CapeNature wishes both NGO’s well in their future endeavors.